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COMMUNITY VOICE: Plea for a Spay/Neuter Package

Dear Mayor Wilda Diaz:

Please be advised I, Virginia Morales, am requesting a motion be passed to discuss the possibility of having the Perth Amboy City Council officials authorize an agreement with Faith Perrin, DVM and/or People for Animals 1-973-282-0890 to hold a Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic this 2012 calendar year.

According to the People for Animals website, www.pfaonline.org, the Perth Amboy City Shelter is now offering the Neuter Scooter service where residents can have their pets transported to the Hillside, NJ clinic. A resolution to have rabies vaccination clinics held on May 12, 2012 and September 8, 2012 in the total amount of $600.00 was on the agenda and passed. This is wonderful news.

It would even be more highly beneficial to tax-payers of Perth Amboy if a Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic, via a Neuter Scooter service, would be offered to taxpayers as well. The Neuter Scooter could remain on the City of Perth Amboy premises located by the City Shelter and could be held either on September 8, 2012 and/or May 12, 2013.

I can assure you residents would take full advantage of these services if they were provided at a low-cost to them. Currently the state also provides low-cost vet services to people that receive financial assistance (e.g. SSI). The organization People for Animals offers the following services: Spay and Neuter Feral Cats for $55 (With ear-tipping), Pet Cats can be Spayed/Neutered for $75. 75% of the overpopulation of cats comes from stray cats breeding.

Dogs under 65 lbs. – Male – $110, Female – $120, Dogs 65 lbs. and over – Male – $130, Female – $140.

A Pet’s Spay/Neuter Package includes a pre-surgical exam, rabies and distemper vaccines if needed and pain relief injection (if 4 months old or older), a green Tattoo for females, medical waste fees and a spay/neuter surgery by an experienced licensed veterinarian.

Please take into consideration the needs of our community. This type of service is necessary and would be welcomed. Neuter Scooter services are already being provided to other towns. It would help promote the importance of spaying and neutering and would diminish the number of cats roaming Perth Amboy’s city streets. I look forward to seeing this idea come to fruition in our great city! You can count on my support.

Best regards,

Miss Virginia Morales

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